5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2016

Located on a small island surrounded by choppy waters, just off the coast of San Fran, lies a prison that has held the country’s most dangerous criminals...

Alcatraz -- like something out of a comic book, it’s no wonder it’s the most notorious incarceration facility in the country. Home to likes of Al Capone, George “Machine-Gun” Kelly, and Arthur “Doc” Barker, the high security federal building operated from 1934 to 1963, containing the murderous gangsters of the 1920s and 30s. In its 29 years of operation, the prison managed to rack up quite a colorful -- and sometimes violent -- history.

Here’s a quick look at some intriguing Alcatraz facts you may not know. If you don't get your fix here, read on to check out the activities we offer that will take you there to see it for yourself!

(519 activities)
Reset Filters
  • Book Now

    Helicopter Tour and Dinner Cruise

    Views from above, views from the water! Savor the breathtaking aerial views of San Francisco on a helicopter tour. Take in well-known landmarks from above, such as Alcatraz Island and the spectacular Golden Gate and Bay Bridges spanning the bay. After your flight, end your day in style aboard a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay as the sun sets.

    Enjoy the sights of San Francisco on the way to the heliport. Once onboard your quiet and smooth reliable helicopter seating 4 to 6 passengers, the exhilarating adventure begins. Musical background accompanies spontaneous narration by your professionally trained pilot. During your 20-minute flight, see the famous hills of San Francisco and the striking cityscape. Admire aerial views of Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge and more. Upon landing, the shuttle drops guests for boarding on the yacht where delightful views of San Francisco from the water await. On your 2.5 hour cruise, savor an elegant 4-course dinner, enjoy live music entertainment and stroll the outer decks for incomparable views of the glittering San Francisco skyline. Your evening concludes at Pier 3.

    Helicopter Tour and Dinner Cruise

    333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco

    • Admire the beauty of the skyline and the bay as you go for a 20 minute helicopter ride and dinner cruise
    • Soar over San Francisco and capture breathtaking views from the vantage point of a helicopter
    • Savor a 4-course dinner aboard a yacht passing landmarks like Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Enjoy live music and stroll the outer decks for incomparable views of the glittering skyline
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Foraging Basics: Fall Mushrooms and Wild Edible Plants

    Don't let getting lost in the woods upset your healthy dinner plans! Or your "anything" dinner plans, for that matter. After this course is complete, you'll be able to make a salad from wild edibles commonly found in the forest, including plants and mushrooms. Your instructor will teach you to identify and locate species that are safe to eat, some of which you'll harvest to take home with you. You'll also cover foraging regulations in Northern California, and develop your knowledge of seasonal growth patterns. Now, if only there was a way to forage some ranch dressing.
    Foraging Basics: Fall Mushrooms and Wild Edible Plants

    3049 Adeline St, Berkeley

    • Develop your foraging knowledge in the woods with an expert
    • Learn to identify which plants and mushrooms are safe to eat
    • Harvest a few edibles to take home with you
    • Enjoy developing your survival skills with practical experience
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose

    Explore more! The Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose is an experience that will leave a memorable impression for people of all ages. Join vasty knowledgeable Expedition Leaders on a day-long trip through the Yosemite Valley, where you will be learn about the geology, history, and wildlife that make this National Park one of North America’s most awesome sights to behold. You will even get to touch a living fossil! The Giant Sequoias of Tuolumne Grove have inhabited the park for millions of years, along with many other colossal granite cliffs. This day tour will leave from the Fairmont Hotel San Jose and depart east through California’s lush Central Valley, into the precipitous Sierra Nevada mountain range. Grab your camera and hop on board for this unforgettable Yosemite experience!
    Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose

    928 Harrison Street , San Francisco

    • Explore the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Experience the serenity of Tuolumne Grove’s giant sequoias
    • Join Expedition Leaders as they inform you of the rich geology, history, and wildlife that make Yosemite unique
    • Embark on a memorable and exciting journey for people of all ages!
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular sunset cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries, while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride! The route taken is dependent on the weather and winds each day. This tour generally goes by some of these sights: into Fisherman’s Wharf, towards the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island and to the Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove baseball park.
    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular sunset on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Alcatraz & Magic Bus Tour

    Get the most out of your stay in San Francisco with this combo tour, which includes two iconic experiences in one day. Hop aboard the Magic Bus and travel back to the 1960s! On this 2-hour fun-filled historical tour, produced by the creators of the award-winning Alcatraz Cell House Audio Tour, learn about the Beatnik generation in North Beach, imagine life during the Summer of Love at Haight-Ashbury, visit the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and learn about Eastern influences as you explore Chinatown. In the afternoon, hop on the ferry and head to famous Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of this notorious prison, featuring stunning sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and guards. In the morning, head to Union Square and board the Magic Bus. Put a flower in your hair and travel back in time to the groovy 1960s! Using real archival material, the past comes alive with the original sights and sounds of 1960s San Francisco. Cruise through Chinatown, an important epicenter of Eastern philosophies that spread throughout the city in the 1960s. Next, visit North Beach, where you'll see the City Lights Bookstore, the hub of the Beatnik generation. This was an epicenter of social change in San Francisco, where many famous Beat-generation poems were published and Beatniks such as Jack Kerouac hung out. Continuing your Magic Ride, watch modern San Francisco blend with the past as you travel through the Financial District and up central Market Street on the way to Haight-Ashbury - the home of the Summer of Love. As you discover this iconic neighborhood, you'll see the past come alive with retractable projection screens that cover the windows! Your next destination is the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park, where you'll stop at the Conservatory of Flowers. Hear how America's largest urban park hosted the Human Be-In event in 1967 and the first Earth Day in 1970. If the weather is nice, you may even join a drum circle!The '60s-era video, music and costumed staff of the Magic Bus will provide a fun, immersive experience of America's most memorable cultural movements. It's not just a sightseeing tour - it's a trip! Next you'll hop on the ferry to Alcatraz and head to the island for an afternoon at your leisure exploring this famous former prison. Touring the whole island usually takes around 2.5 hours, but you're welcome to stay as long as you like. Take the award-winning audio walking tour, produced by the same creators of the Magic Bus, which leads you on an immersive journey through the prison grounds. Featuring life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and cell guards, you'll discover what life was like here for some of history's most notorious criminals, such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. You'll also learn about the history of Alcatraz Island, which was first utilized as a Civil War fort. After your tour, hop back on the ferry, which departs every 30-40 minutes and head back to San Francisco.
    Alcatraz & Magic Bus Tour

    1398 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Embark on a combo tour of San Francisco and contrast the upbeat Beatnik generation with the gloominess of Alcatraz
    • Travel back in time on a brightly colored magic bus as you tour 1960's San Francisco
    • Compare iconic neighborhoods as they are now with how they were then via retractable projection screen window covers
    • End your adventure at Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of the notorious prison
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Survival 101: Traps & Snares

    (1)
    Catch up on your basic trap-making skills with this survivalist workshop. Whether you're looking to catch small game, or find out how set up an alarm system for your camp, you'll find yourself in good hands.That's because you'll be learning under the guidance of an outdoors instructor with years of experience about how make traps and snares useful for multiple scenarios. You'll master deadfall traps, lethal and nonlethal setups, trigger mechanisms, and trip lines, using simple yet elegant methods involving easily obtained materials such as rocks and sticks. All of this takes place over a full day in the woods at Adventure Out's wilderness camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. Silly rabbits will never see you coming.
    Survival 101: Traps & Snares

    Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

    • Learn to make basic traps and snares using natural materials found in the woods
    • Grasp the fundamentals of a wide range of traps suited to numerous scenarios
    • Work with a professional trapper at a sprawling outdoors retreat in mountains of Santa Cruz
    • Enjoy picking up skills that would allow you to survive in the wild with minimal equipment
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    1 positive reviews
  • Give the gift of fun with a Vimbly gift card!
    Learn More
  • Book Now

    Daytime Wine Tasting Cruise - Premuim

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular daytime cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries,while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride!
    Daytime Wine Tasting Cruise - Premuim

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular day trip on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Premium

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular sunset cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries, while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride!
    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Premium

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular sunset on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Daytime Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular daytime cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries,while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride!
    Daytime Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular day trip on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
    BOOK NOW ← Back
  • Book Now

    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    There's more to San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge! By leading you through various local neighborhoods, this urban bike tour will have you realizing just how dynamic this city is. You'll explore the back alleys of North Beach's "Little Italy," and get to take photos of the Transamerica Pyramid. Then you'll hit up Barbary Coast along with San Francisco's historical supper clubs. As you bike through this area, learn about how the neighborhoods transformed from scandalous to sparkling! Channel some black and orange when you ride around the Giant's AT&T Ballpark, then venture into the Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods, each of which is a unique community with equally unique locals. Lastly, head to Nopa where you'll find the famous Painted Ladies houses of Alamo Square. From there you'll visit the Civic Center, cycle into Polk Gulch, San Francisco's original gay neighborhood, and finish up in Aquatic Park!
    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    2661 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Take a guided bike tour through various neighborhoods in urban San Francisco and experience just how different each one is
    • Tour the historic "Little Italy"and Barbary Coast, where you'll find the Transamerica Pyramid and San Francisco's famous supper clubs
    • Pick up some black and orange gear at the pride of the locals: the Giant's AT&T Ballpark
    • Relax on the grass of Alamo Square after a leisurely ride through Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury before you wrap up the tour in Polk Gulch and the Aquatic Park
    BOOK NOW ← Back

Page 1 of 52

Kind words from our customers